GRN4220EN - Multiculturalism and Aging

Course description

Students will participate in reading, critical thinking, paper writing, exercises, discussion on this important subject matter and paradigm of the aging experience.

How this course benefits students

It is often the case of other and self. We see self as “normal” and other as “different/wrong.” As a professional, minister, missionary or volunteer in almost any employment, denomination position, missional country or service our responsibility is to be concerned for the personhood and well-being of the other. Exposure to and understanding of the roots of other enables self to become compassionate and focus on the commonalities of the human condition, particularly in aging.

Why this course is important

As students are exposed to more and more people and situations individuals with an open spirit will be transformed through the experiences.

Credit hours
3 hours
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Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Debra Newell, Distinguished Professor of Gerontology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Love one another as I have loved you. The Bible stresses relationship and compassion over judgement.

Missionally driven

In order to prepare individuals of multiple races, cultures and ages, regardless of profession, denomination, organization, multicultural awareness and savvy is imperative.

Contextually informed

Multiculturalism is the context (in this instance) on which the aging process is overlayed.

Interculturally focused

There are differences between and among cultures

Practically minded

focusing on the commonalities while accepting and embracing differences provides for a richness.

Experientially transformed

As someone with tools for effectively working with diverse aging population, there is more flexibility and creativity available in moving towards mutually agreed upon goals.